We are delighted to announce that our Adult Education Classes will be returning on the week of the 4th of October. Our 8-week programmes will start with Arts & Crafts (Wednesday/Thursday 9.30/11.00am), Sewing & Dressmaking (Tuesday/Thursday 6-7pm) and Yoga (Monday 6.15-7.15pm and 7.30-8.30pm).
We will be taking registrations this coming Wednesday the 22th of September here in Ozanam House from 10am.
Last Friday, we had an amazing staff day out. We took a tour of the parks of Dublin and had a lovely meal in the Harbourmaster afterwards. A huge thank you to Lenny Cooke for his insights and craic. Would definitely recommend. We have videos of the staff singing but we’ll spare you that.
We had another successful Summer Sessions this year. Under difficult circumstances, we managed to organise a summer of fun and laughter. This was thanks to our volunteers again and a huge shout out to Aoife and Antoinette without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.
37.5 HRS PER WEEK to be based in it’s Community Resource Centre in
Ozanam House, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Youth Worker to oversee all aspects of our youth programmes in Ozanam House and to continue to develop a quality youth service in the centre to meet the needs and interests of young people from the North East Inner City.
Applicants should possess the following:
A third level qualification in Youth & Community work or an equivalent professional qualification or relevant degree.
At least two years experience of working with young people in a youth work setting.
Experience of programme development in a youth work setting
Experience in coordinating programmes for young people in a similar setting
Experience working with Volunteers
Proven organisation and planning skills and the ability to work well under pressure
Proven communication skills and leadership skills
Experience of working in the community/voluntary sector would be an advantage
Interested candidates can avail of an application form and full job description by visiting www.svp.ie/jobs . The closing date for all applications is Thursday 1st July 2021.
All appointments are subject to satisfactory references and Garda Vetting
St. Vincent de Paul is an Equal Opportunities Employer
I would like to introduce the new manager of Ozanam House Geraldine O’Driscoll, who has recently taken over the position of manager at Ozanam House from Tony Rock. Geraldine was born and reared and still lives in the North East Inner City. She has worked in the community and voluntary sector on a full-time basis over the past 25 years, having held a variety of roles in both family services and substance misuse services with a major focus on Family Support, including front line service provision, training, programme development and management. Many of those years were spent working in local organisations including LYCS, Dublin Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign and North Wall CDP then moving to Ballyfermot STAR and finally working with One Family. Geraldine has a BA honours degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and recently completed a MA in Child Family and Community.
Yesterday was one of the best days of the year; Pancake Tuesday. The children had a great time and really loved their pancakes. Here is our Childcare Centre Manager Debbie in action. Look at that technique.
We have a Newsletter from our Men’s Group Coordinator, Glenn. The document contains a number of activities to keep you occupied. The theme of this newsletter is this shall pass. That’s important to remember. We are all doing our best during difficult circumstances, but it will be worth it when we all meet up again. Stay safe.
The introduction of Level 5 measures will mean changes for everybody, and Ozanam House is no different. Each programme is affected differently and each will have its own updates. All these plans are still subject to some changes. We thank you for your patience during this time and, as always, we will continue to support our service members and the community as best we can.
Childcare – Our Childcare Centre falls into the category of essential services and as such will remain open. Very little will change day-to-day. We continue to ensure the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 by strictly adhering to the guidelines and our protocols.
Youth Groups – Our Youth Groups are deemed an essential service and will remain open however they will now have a reduced capacity for the 6 weeks and will only allow a maximum of 4-5 people per group. The older age groups will now be offered a drop-in service while the younger groups will be no longer able to attend in-house services, but we will be posting out activity packs and organizing competitions and online events for all. Most in-house music classes will be cancelled for the coming few weeks. However, some of them will now be online.
Adult Education – All in-house Adult Education classes are unfortunately cancelled during Level 5, but many will have an online alternative. Our Cookery and Art Classes are available through video tutorial and the Yoga Classes will continue on Zoom.
Senior Programmes – Our Senior Programmes will continue in much the same way they have since the middle of March. Activities will be provided both online and through post. Glenn and Jenna will continue to be in contact with the members supporting all of them throughout this time.
As we begin Level 5 measures today, it is important to know what our programmes and groups will be doing during this period. Below is the Men’s Group schedule for the next 6 weeks. We will be updating information as the situation develops on this blog.